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The 2013 Wilde Award Nominations

By | 2018-01-16T14:13:30-05:00 July 8th, 2013|Michigan, News|

Professional theaters from across Michigan will share the spotlight Aug. 19 when The 2013 Wilde Awards are presented at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield. Presented by EncoreMichigan.com, the most comprehensive resource for news and information about the state’s professional theater industry, The Wilde Awards were established by Pride Source Media Group in 2002 to honor the excellent work produced by Michigan’s professional theaters.
“There’s only one word that comes to mind when describing the 2012-13 season, and it’s ‘wow,'” said Donald V. Calamia, editorial director of EncoreMichigan.com. “Our team of critics had the toughest time we’ve ever had coming up with our list of nominees – and ultimately, the winners – because of the across-the-board excellence we found all across the state.”
Now in its 12th year, The Wilde Awards honors the best productions, performances and technical work produced or presented by professional theaters across the state. Nominations are based on reviews written by EncoreMichigan.com’s team of professional critics.
The quality of work seen on stages throughout the state was especially noteworthy, Calamia said, because of the continuing challenges of the sluggish economy. “As I’ve probably said far too often, when times get tough, artists get more creative – and once again the proof was seen on stages from Lake Michigan to the Detroit River and everywhere in between. So whether a producer has a million-dollar budget or a buck ten doesn’t matter. Ultimately, it’s how well they tell their story that makes the difference – and that’s what was the driving factor as we considered nominations for The 2013 Wilde Awards.”
Beginning May 18, 2012 and ending May 11, 2013, EncoreMichigan.com’s team of critics reviewed 179 productions produced or presented by 47 theater companies across the state. So how do 10 critics boil down such a large number of productions into a slate of nominations that purports to represent the best work seen on four dozen stages of all sizes and budgets throughout Michigan?
“Trust me, it wasn’t easy – but no critics were harmed in the process,” Calamia laughed. “But it all boiled down to one thing, Calamia explained: “The ‘wow’ factor – that is, that one special, powerful moment in a production that separated a show or a performance or a design from the rest of the pack and made us go ‘wow.'”
Beside Calamia, returning critics Martin F. Kohn, Michael H. Margolin, Jenn McKee, Sue Merrell, John Quinn, Bridgette M. Redman and Judith Cookis Rubens crisscrossed the state with new team members Carolyn Hayes, a former guest critic, and Dana Casadei, a recent Michigan State University graduate. Together, they comprised a formidable team unmatched anywhere in the state, Calamia said. “All of us come to the job with a unique point of view and writing style, and with the sincere desire to give our readers and the theaters we cover our most honest and sincere criticism of the shows we review,” he said. “And now with the announcement of this year’s Wilde Awards nominations, let the debates truly begin!”
As in seasons past, only shows produced or presented by the state’s professional theaters that were performed for five consecutive days or more or over two weekends or more were eligible for review. And only shows reviewed by EncoreMichigan.com could be nominated for a Wilde Award.
But what changed was which professional theaters could be reviewed and which could not. “This was the first full season in which we operated as a non-profit media company supported in part by annual membership fees charged to participating theaters,” Calamia said. “With ad sales negligible and unearned support through grants and sponsorships unable to meet our expenses, our new owners – the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance – adopted a revenue model similar to other ‘Encore-like’ projects around the country, one that offers member theaters a package of services and benefits not available to non-members. And one of those exclusive services is the eligibility to be reviewed.”
Awards will be given out in 26 categories, along with a handful of special awards, including three “People’s Choice Wilde Awards” announced in June and a new award named in honor of Council Cargle, the highly regarded Detroit-area actor who passed away this past January. “Council’s sudden passing stunned the community,” Calamia said. “He was one of the most beloved people in the industry, and we felt it was important to honor him and his memory by creating an annual award that will acknowledge other longtime contributors to the Detroit-area theater scene.
In total, 71 productions earned at least one nomination – as did 27 of the producing or presenting theaters. Regaining the top spot this year as most-nominated theater is Ann Arbor’s Performance Network Theatre with 15, followed by Meadow Brook Theatre (Rochester), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Jackson), and Williamston Theatre (Williamston), each with 10. Theaters with nine nominations are Farmers Alley Theatre (Kalamazoo), Go Comedy! Improv Theater (Ferndale) and Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit). And honored with a single nomination are six theaters. “The competition was especially fierce, and so it’s great to see our smaller theaters get honored alongside their bigger-budget siblings,” Calamia said.
Of the 71 productions nominated, the top-honored show is “The Light in the Piazza” (Farmers Alley Theatre) with six, followed by “Julius Caesar” (Michigan Opera Theatre), “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Pygmalion” (Michigan Shakespeare Festival) with five. “What I find intriguing is the fact that only 19 shows earned more than two nominations, which means that nearly half of the nominated shows earned a single nomination. If that doesn’t prove the ‘wow’ factor I’ve talked about – that every production has the potential to ‘wow’ an audience, no matter their budget size or longevity in the business – I don’t know what will,” said Calamia.
Another important indicator, Calamia believes, is the number of artists – such as performers, directors, designers and playwrights – whose work is honored this year. “Of the 142 artists we’ve nominated – and that might be an all-time record – only eight received more than one. And only one scored a hat trick: John Seibert, who knocked every performance out of the ball park.”
That, Calamia said, is the bottom line. “Our state’s professional theaters work hard at producing and presenting quality entertainment, and the best of their work deserves to be recognized and honored. Congratulations to all nominees and non-nominees alike. They put on one heck of a season, and they should be very proud of what they accomplished!”

The 2013 Wilde Awards

The Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance will present The 2013 Wilde Awards on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with an hors d’oeuvre and cocktails reception. The awards show, hosted by Calamia, will begin promptly at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a dessert afterglow.
“Last year was our first at The Berman, and we had a marvelous time,” said META executive director Lesley Braden-Phillips. “They’re wonderful hosts, and this year will be even better thanks to the hard work and generous assistance provided us by managing director Elaine (Hendriks) Smith and technical director Eric W. Maher.”
The 2013 Wilde Awards is sponsored by Pride Source Media Group, publishers of Between The Lines, and Actors’ Equity Association.
Admission is $21 per person; VIP admission is $46 per person, which includes unlimited bar service. Drink tickets for all others will be available for purchase on the day of the event.
Tickets are available now at The Berman’s box office, by phone at 248-661-1900, or online at http://theberman.org.
The Berman Center for the Performing Arts is located at 6600 W. Maple Road, on the campus of the Jewish Community Center at the northwest corner of Maple and Drake Roads in West Bloomfield. Parking is free.
“Our 12th annual celebration of professional theater in Michigan will be a great way to salute the previous season and kick off the next,” said Braden-Phillips. “And, given who’s involved, it will truly be ‘one Wilde night’ to remember!”

NOMINATIONS: The 2013 Wilde Awards

Best Comedy
* boom, Williamston Theatre; Tony Caselli, director
* The Constant Wife, Meadow Brook Theatre; Karen Sheridan, director
* Moonlight and Magnolias, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company; Chris Bremer, director
* Pygmalion, Michigan Shakespeare Festival; Janice L. Blixt, director
* The 39 Steps, Farmers Alley Theatre; Brian Feehan, director

Best Drama
* August: Osage County, The Ringwald Theatre; Joe Bailey, director
* Good People, Performance Network Theatre; David Wolber, director
* My Name Is Asher Lev, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company & Performance Network Theatre; David Magidson, director
* One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, What A Do Theatre, Randy Wolfe, director
* The Weir, The Abreact; Adam Barnowski, Eric W. Maher & Andrea Smith, directors

Best Musical
* The Light in the Piazza, Farmers Alley Theatre; Kathy Mulay, director
* A Little Night Music, Performance Network Theatre; Phil Simmons, director
* Next to Normal, Meadow Brook Theatre; Travis W. Walter, director
* Our Sinatra, Mason Street Warehouse; Kurt Stamm, director
* The Rocky Horror Show, Barn Theatre; Brendan Ragotzy, director

Best of The Bard
* Antony and Cleopatra, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company; Katherine Mayberry, director
* Henry V, Water Works Theatre; Sara Wolf Molnar, director
* Love’s Labour’s Lost, Michigan Shakespeare Festival; Robert Kauzlaric, director
* Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company; The Ensemble, director
* Macbeth, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company; The Ensemble, director

Best Opera
* Aida, Michigan Opera Theatre; Bliss Hebert, director
* Julius Caesar, Michigan Opera Theatre; Michael Shell, director

Best Original One-Act or Solo Performance
* Bringing Up Baby New Year, Planet Ant Theatre; Shawn Handlon, director
* Fish Dinner: Second Helping, Planet Ant Theatre; Dave Davies, director
* The OffBeats, Go Comedy! Improv Theater; Lauren Bickers, director
* To Save a City: A Tale of Two Emergency Managers, Planet Ant Theatre; Mikey Brown, director
* White Elephant, Go Comedy! Improv Theater; Bryan Lark, director

Best Touring Production
* The Book of Mormon, Broadway in Detroit
* Christmas with the Rat Pack – Live at the Sands, Olympia Entertainment
* Jersey Boys, Broadway in Detroit
* The Lion King, Broadway in Detroit
* Memphis, Broadway in Detroit

Best Performance, Actor – Comedy
* Sebastian Gerstner, Lend Me a Tenor, The Encore Musical Theatre
* Aral Gribble, boom, Williamston Theatre
* John Manfredi, End Days, Williamston Theatre & The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company
* Rob Pantano, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company
* Phil Powers, Brill, Performance Network Theatre
* Peter C. Prouty, White’s Lies, Meadow Brook Theatre
* John Seibert, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Performance Network Theatre
* Joseph Wycoff, Pygmalion, Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Best Performance, Actor – Drama
* Arthur J. Beer, Ebenezer, Williamston Theatre
* Jon Bennett, Burn This, Performance Network Theatre
* Edmund Alyn Jones, Marat/Sade, Hilberry Theatre
* Keith Kalinowski, Faith Healer, The Abreact
* Evan Mann, The Pillowman, Threefold Productions
* Joel Mitchell, The Homosexuals, The Ringwald Theatre
* Rico Bruce Wade, The Whipping Man, Farmers Alley Theatre

Best Performance, Actor – Musical
* Joe Carroll, Avenue Q, Mason Street Warehouse
* Chip Duford, Chaps!, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
* David Havasi, Xanadu, Meadow Brook Theatre
* John Seibert, A Little Night Music, Performance Network Theatre
* Fee Waybill, The Rocky Horror Show, Barn Theatre
* Kevin Robert White, Pal Joey, Barn Theatre

Best Performance, Actor – Original One-Act or Solo Performance
* RJ Cach, Champions, Planet Ant Theatre
* Billy Crawford, North by North Pole, Go Comedy! Improv Theater
* David Herbst, Action Sports News, Planet Ant Theatre
* Quintin Hicks, Fish Dinner: Second Helping, Planet Ant Theatre
* Pete Jacokes, Ahoy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater

Best Performance, Actress – Comedy
* Carmen Decker, Vigil, Lansing Community College Performing Arts
* Terry Heck, Deathtrap, Tipping Point Theatre
* Sarab Kamoo, boom, Williamston Theatre
* Lisa Melinn, Making Porn, The Ringwald Theatre
* Aphrodite Nikolovski, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Performance Network Theatre
* Stacy Stoltz, Pygmalion, Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Best Performance, Actress – Drama
* MaryJo Cuppone, Good People, Performance Network Theatre
* Alysia Kolascz, Ebenezer, Williamston Theatre
* Kelly Komlen, August:Osage County, The Ringwald Theatre
* Jane MacFarlane, August:Osage County, The Ringwald Theatre
* Michelle Mountain, 33 Variations, The Purple Rose Theatre Company
* Suzi Regan, Good People, Performance Network Theatre
* Lesley Shabala, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, What A Do Theatre
* Jaime Warrow, Faith Healer, The Abreact

Best Performance, Actress – Musical
* Teri Bibb, The Light in the Piazza, Farmers Alley Theatre
* Naz Edwards, A Little Night Music, Performance Network Theatre
* Emily Fleming, The Wedding Singer, Barn Theatre
* Betsy King, Next to Normal, What A Do Theatre
* Darcy Link, The Light in the Piazza, Farmers Alley Theatre
* Stephanie Wahl, Next to Normal, Meadow Brook Theatre

Best Performance, Actress – Original One-Act or Solo Performance
* Dyan Bailey, Bringing Up Baby New Year, Planet Ant Theatre
* Melissa Beckwith, White Elephant, Go Comedy! Improv Theater
* Lauren Bickers, Ahoy!, Go Comedy! Improv Theater
* Christa Coulter, North by North Pole, Go Comedy! Improv Theater
* Jen Hansen, North by North Pole, Go Comedy! Improv Theater

Best Performance – Opera
* Anthony Ross Costanzo, Julius Caesar, Michigan Opera Theatre
* David Daniels, Julius Caesar, Michigan Opera Theatre
* Emily Fons, Julius Caesar, Michigan Opera Theatre
* Allyson McHardy, Julius Caesar, Michigan Opera Theatre
* Latonia Moore, Aida, Michigan Opera Theatre

Best Performance – The Bard
* Heather Hartnett, Antony and Cleopatra, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
* Kat Hermes, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
* Lydia Hiller, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Michigan Shakespeare Festival
* William Irwin, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Michigan Shakespeare Festival
* Paul Riopelle, Antony and Cleopatra, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company

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Best Ensemble
* Joe Aiello, Scott Burkell, Robbie Gay & Laura Stuart Obenauf, The 39 Steps, Farmers Alley Theatre
* Emily Austin, Lydia Blickley, Jake Golliher, Alyssa Magarian, Durron Marquis Tyre & Teddy Yudain, Songs for a New World, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
* Mary Bremer, Joel Mitchell, Wayne David Parker & Glen Allen Pruett, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company
* Naz Edwards, Mitchell Koory & John Seibert, My Name Is Asher Lev, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company & Performance Network Theatre
* Aral Gribble & Wayne David Parker, Red, White & Tuna, Williamston Theatre

Best Choreography
* Jamey Grisham, The Rocky Horror Show, Barn Theatre
* Kevin Halpin, Chicago, Tibbits Summer Theatre
* Rosa Mercedes, Aida, Michigan Opera Theatre
* Rhiannon Ragland, The Meaning of Almost Everything, The Purple Rose Theatre Company
* Marcus R. White, Xanadu, Meadow Brook Theatre

Best Design – Costumes
* Lauren Montgomery, Soul Mates, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company
* Mary Pettinato, A Christmas Carol, Meadow Brook Theatre
* Melanie Schuessler, Pygmalion, Michigan Shakespeare Festival
* Renae Pedersen Skoog, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Michigan Shakespeare Festival
* Rosalind Srb, Antony and Cleopatra, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company

Best Design – Lights
* Diane Fairchild, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Michigan Shakespeare Festival
* Reid G. Johnson, The Haunting of Hill House, Meadow Brook Theatre
* Cory Kalkowski, Next to Normal, What A Do Theatre
* Jennifer Kules, Our Sinatra, Mason Street Warehouse
* Lanford J. Potts, The Light in the Piazza, Farmers Alley Theatre

Best Design – Props
* Bruce Bennett, boom, Williamston Theatre
* Thomas Koehler, Next to Normal, What A Do Theatre
* Thomas Koehler, Sweeney Todd, What A Do Theatre
* Gwen Lindsay, Soul Mates, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company
* Diane Ulseth, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company

Best Design – Sets
* Steven Lee Burright, The Fox on the Fairway, Barn Theatre
* Monika Essen, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Performance Network Theatre
* Kristen Gribbin, The Haunting of Hill House, Meadow Brook Theatre
* Jeromy Hopgood, Pygmalion, Michigan Shakespeare Festival
* Eric W. Maher, The Weir, The Abreact
* Daniel C. Walker, Brill, Performance Network Theatre

Best Design – Sound or Video
* Les Batts, The Light in the Piazza, Farmers Alley Theatre
* Quintessa Gallinat, The Meaning of Almost Everything, The Purple Rose Theatre Company
* Tom Haverkamp, Chaps!, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
* Joe Plambeck & Annette Madias, The Homosexuals, The Ringwald Theatre
* Jason Painter Price, End Days, Williamston Theatre & The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company

Best Music Direction
* Catherine Walker Adams, The Light in the Piazza, Farmers Alley Theatre
* R. MacKenzie Lewis, A Little Night Music, Performance Network Theatre
* Steven Mercurio, Aida, Michigan Opera Theatre
* Michael Rice, Next to Normal, Meadow Brook Theatre
* Jeremy Ryan, Ordinary Days, Tipping Point Theatre
* Patrick Young, On Broadway 1954, Tibbits Summer Theatre

Best New Script
* Jeff Daniels, The Meaning of Almost Everything, The Purple Rose Theatre Company
* Margaret Edwartowski, Hamtown Races, Planet Ant Theatre
* Joe Hingelberg & Travis Pelto, White Elephant, Go Comedy! Improv Theater
* Kirsten Knisely, Soul Mates, Magenta Giraffe Theatre Company
* Joseph Zettelmaier, Ebenezer, Williamston Theatre

Presenter: EncoreMichigan.com, the state’s premier source for free, up-to-the-minute news and information about Michigan’s professional theater industry.

Producer: The Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, which exists to build awareness, appreciation and support for the region’s professional, non-profit theater community.

Sponsors: Pride Source Media Group, publishers of Between The Lines, Michigan’s weekly newspaper serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities; and Actors’ Equity Association.

Purpose of The Wilde Awards:
* To celebrate excellence in Michigan’s professional theater industry.

Who is eligible to receive a 2013 Wilde Award:
* Only shows produced or presented by Michigan’s professional theaters and opera companies – both Equity and non-Equity, large and small – and reviewed by EncoreMichigan.com’s theater critics during the 2012-13 season were eligible for a 2013 Wilde Awards nomination.
* Only shows that met the following criteria were eligible to be reviewed by EncoreMichigan.com: (1) productions that ran five consecutive days or more, or (2) two weekends or more;
* Both locally produced shows and national touring productions were eligible for nominations.
* In the summer of 2012, ownership of EncoreMichigan.com officially switched from the for-profit Pride Source Media Group to the non-profit Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance. As a result, a new financial model was implemented that requires professional theaters to obtain a paid annual membership that includes an exclusive package of services and benefits in order to obtain coverage on the site. One of those benefits is the eligibility to be reviewed.

How the Wilde Awards work:
* At the conclusion of the 2012-13 theater season – which, for purposes of The 2013 Wilde Awards, ended May 11, 2013 – EncoreMichigan.com’s theater critics determined nominations in 26 categories based on their reviews.
* Winners are determined by EncoreMichigan.com editorial director Donald V. Calamia and critics Dana Casadei, Carolyn Hayes, Martin F. Kohn, Michael H. Margolin, Jenn McKee, Sue Merrell, John Quinn, Bridgette M. Redman, and Judith Cookis Rubens. (In the awards’ early years, some or all of the awards were chosen by ballots submitted by readers of Between The Lines, the theater community and area theatergoers.).
* Winners will be announced at a delightfully prestigious ceremony to be held Aug. 19, 2013 at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield.

Which theaters were reviewed by Encore Michigan:
* For the 2012-13 season, EncoreMichigan.com reviewed shows at 47 professional theaters throughout Michigan.
* Among the theaters reviewed during the season were The Abreact (Detroit), Barn Theatre (Augusta), Farmers Alley Theatre (Kalamazoo), Fisher Theatre (Detroit), Go Comedy! Improv Theater (Ferndale), Hope Summer Repertory Theatre (Holland), Mason Street Warehouse (Saugatuck), Meadow Brook Theatre (Rochester), Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Jackson), Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor), Plowshares Theatre Company (Detroit), The Purple Rose Theatre Company (Chelsea), The Ringwald Theatre (Ferndale), Tibbits Summer Theatre (Coldwater), and Williamston Theatre (Williamston).
* Since fall 2001, EncoreMichigan.com (and its progenitor, Between The Lines) has reviewed 1,396 professional productions, more than any other media outlet in the state!

Other awards given out each year:
* Several additional awards are also given out each year by EncoreMichigan.com as determined by its owners, sponsors, theater critics and staff.
* These awards are to acknowledge the special contributions made by members of the arts, theater and/or LGBT communities during the previous year.
* Additional awards include the Founders Award for Excellence and the Critics’ Choice Award.
* Another award, The Jim Posante Community Pride Award, is named after Jim Posante, a longtime teacher, director, choreographer and actor who passed away Jan. 13, 2008. A beloved and much respected member of both the LGBT and theater communities, the award will be given each year to an individual or group to acknowledge meritorious service by and/or for the LGBT community.
* This year will also see the introduction of The People’s Choice Wilde Awards, in which industry professionals nominate and vote for the best mentors, stage managers, and stage partners. Also new this year will be an award named after the beloved actor Council Cargle that will acknowledge other longtime contributors to the Detroit-area theater scene. Cargle passed away this past January.

About our One Wilde Night:
* Unlike most other media-sponsored theater awards in the state, The Wilde Awards has a style and panache all its own.
* The evening is produced and hosted by EncoreMichigan.com editorial director (and creator of The Wilde Awards) Donald V. Calamia.
* A “meet-and-greet” social hour featuring a delectable selection of hors d’oeuvres precedes the awards ceremony, with desserts served afterwards. A cash bar is also available.
* Entertainment comes from a wide variety of sources. Past entertainers include the internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theatre, the Los Angeles-based improv troupe The 313, the Actors’ Company, Go Comedy! Improv Theater, and Meadow Brook Theatre.
* Special surprise guests have also become a staple of The Wilde Awards, including in recent years Governor Jennifer Granholm (on pre-recorded video), Senator Debbie Stabenow and current Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.
* Past corporate sponsors include Comerica, Paramount Bank, and WDET 101.9 FM.
* Tickets to the event are $21; VIP admission is $46. The dress code is casual to fabulous.

Who attends The Wilde Awards:
* Attendees include most of the artistic, management and press staffs of Michigan’s professional theaters, as well as the nominees and their guests.
* Also in attendance are many of the LGBT community’s “movers and shakers;” noted state, local and national office holders; media representatives; and various stakeholders from the community.

Interesting facts about The Wilde Awards:
* The Wilde Awards is the only media-sponsored statewide professional theater awards ceremony.
* Many within the professional theater community consider The Wilde Awards to be Michigan’s version of the Tony Awards – but much more fun!
* For its first nine years, only professional theaters in Southeast and Mid Michigan were reviewed and considered for awards; statewide coverage began with the 2010-11 season.
* After two years at The Furniture Factory in Midtown Detroit and eight at Detroit’s Historic Gem Theatre, 2013 is the second year at The Berman.

Facts regarding the 2013 nominations:
* During the 2012-13 season, EncoreMichigan.com reviewed 179 productions presented or staged by 47 theater producers and presenters throughout Michigan.
* 71 productions presented or staged by 27 theaters received at least one nomination.
* Leading the pack with 15 nominations is Performance Network Theatre (Ann Arbor). Meadow Brook Theatre (Rochester), Michigan Shakespeare Festival (Jackson), and Williamston Theatre (Williamston) follow with 10 each. Theaters with nine nominations are Farmers Alley Theatre (Kalamazoo), Go Comedy! Improv Theater (Ferndale) and Michigan Opera Theatre (Detroit). And honored with a single nomination are six theaters
* The most nominated show of the season is “The Light in the Piazza” (Farmers Alley Theatre) with six, followed by “Julius Caesar” (Michigan Opera Theatre), “Love’s Labour’s Lost” and “Pygmalion” (Michigan Shakespeare Festival) with five. Almost half of the nominated shows earned a single nomination.
* In addition, 142 artists – including performers, designers, directors and playwrights – are nominated for their exceptional work. Only one pertson received more than two nominations.

About EncoreMichigan.com:
* EncoreMichigan.com is a non-profit, web-based publication focused on Michigan’s professional theater industry. It is the state’s premier source for free, up-to-the-minute news and information about this often-ignored segment of the arts community. Designed as a one-stop shop for consumers, industry professionals and others with an interest in the performing arts, EncoreMichigan.com is updated daily and packed with informative interviews, insightful reviews, comprehensive show listings, thoughtful commentary, audition notices, podcasts and much, much more. Original content is created by a dedicated team of veteran freelance journalists and theater professionals. In addition to material created exclusively for EncoreMichigan.com, links are also provided to reviews and stories of interest that appear in other local and national online publications. Content from EncoreMichigan.com is also syndicated to other media outlets such as Pride Source Media Group, CBS Detroit, and MLive. All told, this makes EncoreMichigan.com, an independent affiliate of the Michigan Equity Theatre Alliance, the most complete resource for professional theater news anywhere in Michigan.

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